AMSA announces focused inspection campaign on planned maintenance

Photo credit: AMSA
Photo credit: AMSA

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has published a marine notice to provide information to ship owners, operators and masters about the Focused Inspection Campaign (FIC) on planned maintenance which will run from 15 January 2022 to 30 March 2022. Planned and corrective maintenance is deemed by AMSA to be a critical component of seaworthiness.

The purpose of the FIC is to determine the level of compliance with the maintenance requirements of the International Conventions. This FIC has been initiated by AMSA and is specific to Australia. It will apply to foreign flagged ships and Regulated Australian Vessels (RAVs) arriving at an Australian port. The FIC will be conducted from 15 January 2022 to 30 March 2022.

AMSA inspectors will undertake the FIC in conjunction with a normal port or flag State control inspection. Any port State control deficiencies will be reported to regional port State control databases. AMSA encourages shipowners and masters to familiarise themselves with the requirements of SOLAS Chapter 1/II, Australian Marine Order 31 and their safety management systems implemented onboard.

Inspectors will complete a checklist when conducting focused inspections so that AMSA can collate and report on the outcomes. The results of the FIC will be analysed at the conclusion of the campaign, and a report will be
published on AMSA’s website.

AMSA’s website provides information on the focused inspection campaign and a checklist of requirements that will be used during this FIC.

AMSA encourages ship owners, operators and masters to review the information provided at the links above.

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